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JHU students develop more comfortable defibrillator vest

JHU students develop more comfortable defibrillator vest

For those waiting on surgery to place a defibrillator inside their chest, special vests can deliver lifesaving shocks in the event of a heart arrhythmia. But the downside, some say, is that the vests are so uncomfortable some patients don't wear them all the time.

A team of undergraduate Johns Hopkins University students, led by an alumnus inventor, set out to build a new prototype defibrillator vest that is more comfortable and works more effectively. The result — a vest that has won competitions and might be headed for approved medical use.

"Each aspect of this had to not only function correctly but we had to think of it separately, like, how do we make it convenient...

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